Keeping pets healthy during winter cold

First Posted: 1/15/2009

In addition to keeping warm, pet owners need to make sure their best friends are being taken care of as well.
Bobby Gallimore, director of Surry County Animal Control, said that people need to be especially mindful of their pets when the temperatures dip below freezing.
If your pets have to be outside, make sure they are provided adequate shelter. Also, you may want to put some shavings, a blanket, something in their shelter to try and keep them warm, Gallimore said.
He warned against using space heaters in small areas, such as dog houses, to keep pets warm. He said they are fine if used in basements or garages, just make sure the heaters arent close to gasoline.
Gallimore cautioned against using heat lamps, space heaters, or other device not approved for use with animals. This is a a burn hazard for pets and a fire hazard.
A lot of people bring their pets inside their basements or in garages, Gallimore said of outside pets.
Another thing you need to do is to empty out water bowls. In the mornings put fresh water. On cold nights like tonight, you need to feed and water your pets while they are inside, because it is not even supposed to get above freezing on Friday.

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